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My dog has bug bites on her chest and its making her

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my dog has bug bites on her chest and its making her itch,what to get?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 2 years ago.

Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you with your wee one today.

I am sorry to hear that Sadie is so uncomfortable. If she is suffering with bug bites, there are some steps you can take at home to soothe that itch for her. First, since bite irritation is often related to allergic reactions to the bite, you can consider treating her with an antihistamine. Most commonly we use Benadryl/Diphenhydramine (More Info/Dose @ low dose (ie. 0.5-2 mg per pound of her body weight twice daily) can just be enough to reduce that allergic irritation. We like to keep the dose low, as it can cause drowsiness (just like people). And of course, this medication shouldn't be used if your wee one has any pre-existing conditions or is on any other medication without speaking to your vet first.

Otherwise, we can topically treat the bites, there are a few more actions you can take. To do so, you can cleanse them 2-3 times daily with dilute chlorohexidine or salt water (1tbsp to a pint warm water). Afterwards, pat dry, and you can then apply a thin coating of OTC hydrocortisone cream. If you are seeing just a few pimple type spots, then OTC antibiotic cream can be used as well (though if there are a lot or she is severely itchy, then we'd want oral antibiotics +/- steroids from her vet).

Finally, if she is rubbing, scratching, or licking the area; then we may also need to protect the skin from self trauma. To do so, an e-collar can help. Or if this is just on her chest a t-shirt can act as a breathable protective cover for the skin.

I hope this information is helpful.

If you need any additional information, do not hesitate to ask!

All the best,

Dr. B.


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Expert:  Dr. B. replied 2 years ago.
Hi Randy,
I'm just following up on our conversation about Sadie. How is everything going?